The first event is the Rose Queen Pageant Saturday, Sept. 11. Three queens will be chosen: Miss, ages 17-23; Teen Miss, ages 14-16; and Junior Miss, ages10-13.
Deadline for registration is 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10. Get rules, regulations, entry fee and application from Carrie Gagliano, pageant director, (225) 778-5192 or bbfpageanttsyahoo.com
The Baker Buffalo Festival Golf Tournament Scramble will be on Friday, Sept. 17, with a morning and an afternoon flight with a meal in between so all golfers can eat. Schools are encouraged to recruit teams and hole sponsors. All proceeds will go to each participating school.
The festival itself runs Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 23-25. Co-chairpersons are Mayor Harold Rideau and Ginger Vann.
Major sponsors are ExxonMobil and Allied Waste.
Events scheduled for Thursday, which is Family Night, include a student talent show, student art contest on display with “Go Green” theme and a science-related Discovery Dome.
Friday events include a student spelling bee, car show, buffalo wing cooking contest for restaurants, and the band Run Jane Run. Baker High School has a home football game that evening.
Saturday starts the Running of the Buffaloes, a 5K run or walk on a marked, secure route around town. Prizes will be awarded. A one-mile run or walk for children 8 and younger and handicapped persons of all ages will be held on the City Park track. Prizes will be awarded.
The opening ceremony follows the parade. The children’s stage will have a magician, Wally Wise Guy and science and safety demonstrations. Sanctioned amateur boxing matches will be held. The BHS cheerleaders, dancers and band will perform.
Kids will enjoy face painting and old-fashioned games for elementary and junior high students organized by Baker Police Cadets, and a Buffalo-wing cooking contest for individuals will also be held. (LSU plays a home football game that Saturday so festival attendance may be down.)
Every day will feature carnival rides, hot-air balloon rides, vendors, live music and roving entertainment.
All five schools will be selling food items exclusive to their booths and will benefit from the proceeds.
Any changes and more details will be forthcoming. The co-chairmen can be reached at (225) 778-0300.